NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Casey Alexander announced Thursday the signing of Even (pronounced Evan) Brauns (Iowa City, Iowa) to a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Bruins, starting in the fall of 2020.
Brauns, a 6-9 forward, averaged 11.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game on 68 percent field goal percentage shooting as a junior in leading Iowa City West High School to the Iowa Class 4A state tournament. A 2019 Iowa Second Team All-State selection, Brauns enters the season ranked among the top players in the state by the Des Moines Register and Cedar Rapids Gazette.
"Even is a big bodied athlete with a great motor and loads of potential," Alexander said. "We love his physicality, yet he also scores the ball naturally around the rim."
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is the only NCAA Division I program to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.